May 28, 2022  
University Catalog 2021-2022 
University Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies, Business and Management Studies Concentration, BA

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BA in Liberal Studies: Business and Management Studies
AU Los Angeles
Credits for Degree: 180 quarter credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Classroom
Standard time to completion: 36 months

Program Description

The BA in Liberal Studies Program uses an interdisciplinary approach toward learning and emphasizes critical thinking, creative problem-solving, awareness of multiple perspectives, social and intercultural awareness, civic and community engagement, and an ability to connect learning to one’s lived experience. The Liberal Studies program is particularly structured to give students flexibility while designing their path to a meaningful degree. For this degree program, students can transfer in units from across a wide range of general education subjects without needing to follow a specific pattern of prerequisites. The core curriculum is recommended, rather than required, so that students can easily individualize their learning experience.

Although all students in the BA in Liberal Studies Program graduate with the same degree, students can choose an area of concentration to focus their studies. Students select a Major Area of Concentration from the following:

  • Addiction Studies
  • Business and Management Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Liberal Studies
  • Psychology
  • Urban Studies

Students can also choose a Minor Area of Concentration in any of the above specialized areas, as well as the following:

  • Child Studies
  • Queer Studies

Areas of Concentration

Students must complete a minimum of 40 units and a maximum of 80 units in a Major Area of Concentration. The BA in Liberal Studies Program currently offers six Major Areas of Concentration with a wide variety of core courses, electives, internships, and independent study opportunities for each.

Note that units counted toward an Area of Concentration cannot be used to meet the domains of knowledge requirements and vice versa.

Students may also opt for a Minor Area of Concentration in any of the above-listed specialized Major Areas of Concentration, except for Liberal Studies. To earn a Minor Area of Concentration, a student must accrue at least 20 units in the concentration.

Students are encouraged to work closely with their faculty advisors as they develop degree plans appropriate to their educational and career goals. The faculty strongly recommends that at least half of the units in the student’s chosen Major or Minor Area of Concentration be upper division. Students who are not able to accrue 20 upper-division units in one of the specialized Major Areas of Concentration should opt for Liberal Studies as their Major Area of Concentration. Students are also strongly advised to take as many of the core courses in the specialized Major Area of Concentration, as listed in this catalog and as identified on the quarterly course schedule. Students who take the recommended core courses acquire a strong foundation in their chosen discipline.

The student should choose and declare the Major Area of Concentration in the first two quarters of enrollment and work closely with his or her advisor to identify internship opportunities and independent studies that will reinforce the learning in the chosen discipline. If a student has not completed 40 credits in a specialized Major Area of Concentration by the time of candidacy review, the Major Area of Concentration will be designated as Liberal Studies.

Business and Management Studies: Major or Minor Area of Concentration

Business professionals must meet the challenge of understanding the complex technological, social, political, ethical, and ecological issues in the global economy. Critical thinking and problem solving skills in broad interdisciplinary frameworks are essential. Diversity in the workforce, economic and environmental sustainability, the role of capital in the global economy, the role of information and technology are among the pressing issues addressed in the curriculum. AULA’s Business and Management Studies Concentration (BMS) is designed to help students develop the knowledge to succeed in and critique the professions they will enter and lead. Interdisciplinary course work in the theory and practice of socially responsible business management prepares students for careers as entrepreneurs and managers of small businesses and corporations, as well as public and non-profit organizations.

BMS provides two emphasis options to tailor the degree in this concentration: Nonprofit Studies and Social Entrepreneurship. The courses on social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management highlight the potential for business to contribute to the work of social change. BMS students examine the strategies of nongovernmental organizations and nonprofits, the individuals and organizations that foster entrepreneurial change in the social sector and the innovative business practices that affect positive social outcomes.

Current Tuition and Fees

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Core Curriculum

The BMS Concentration offers core courses in rotation. Students in this concentration are advised to build these courses into their program of study to whatever extent scheduling allows.

Opportunities for Applied Learning

BMS students are advised to take a broad range of liberal arts courses, particularly those in the arts and in history, science, philosophy, and mathematics, in addition to the core courses listed specifically for the concentration.

Non-Classroom Learning

Students should incorporate at least one internship into the design of their program of study in consultation with their advisor. Examples: Students may develop new learning in their current job setting for activities such as designing a training program, implementing new management information systems, or researching alternative means for marketing a new product. An internship could entail participating in socially responsible business management groups where the student applies the theory studied in courses. In addition to internships, students are also encouraged to propose independent studies focusing, for example, on topics such as feminist management, sexual harassment in the workplace, the social practice of business, etc. Students may also develop prior learning projects based on learning they acquired in a business setting prior to their matriculation at AULA.

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